The Reivers Script

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Director:Mark Rydell
Written by:Irving Ravetch (Screenplay), Harriet Frank Jr. (Screenplay), William Faulkner (Novel)

Script Synopsis:In turn-of-the-century Mississippi, an 11-year-old boy comes of age as two mischievous adult friends talk him into sneaking the family car out for a trip to Memphis and a series of adventures.

The Long Hot Summer Script

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Director:Martin Ritt
Written by:William Faulkner (Writer), Irving Ravetch (Writer)

Script Synopsis:Ben Quick arrives in Frenchman's Bend, MS after being kicked out of another town for allegedly burning a barn for revenge. Will Varner owns just about everything in Frenchman's Bend and he hires Ben to work in his store. Will thinks his own son, Jody, who manages the store, lacks ambition and despairs of him getting his wife, Eula, pregnant. Will thinks his daughter, Clara, a schoolteacher, will never get married. He decides that Ben Quick might make a good husband for Clara to bring some new blood into the family

Hud Script

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Director:Martin Ritt
Written by:Larry McMurtry (Novel), Irving Ravetch (Writer), Harriet Frank Jr. (Writer)

Script Synopsis:Hud Bannon is a ruthless young man who tarnishes everything and everyone he touches. Hud represents the perfect embodiment of alienated youth, out for kicks with no regard for the consequences. There is bitter conflict between the callous Hud and his stern and highly principled father, Homer. Hud's nephew Lon admires Hud's cheating ways, though he soon becomes too aware of Hud's reckless amorality to bear him anymore. In the world of the takers and the taken, Hud is a winner. He's a cheat, but, he explains, "I always say the law was meant to be interpreted in a lenient manner."

Hombre Script

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Director:Martin Ritt
Written by:Elmore Leonard (Novel), Irving Ravetch (Writer), Harriet Frank Jr. (Writer)

Script Synopsis:John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Indians, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.

The Cowboys Script

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Director:Mark Rydell
Written by:William Dale Jennings (Novel), Irving Ravetch (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:When his cattlemen abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his cowboys in order to get his herd to market in time to avoid financial disaster. The boys learn to do a man's job under Andersen's tutelage; however, neither Andersen nor the boys know that a gang of cattle thieves is stalking them.

Conrack Script

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Director:Martin Ritt
Written by:Harriet Frank Jr. (Writer), Irving Ravetch (Writer), Pat Conroy (Novel)

Script Synopsis:A young, white teacher is assigned to an isolated island off the coast of South Carolina populated mostly by poor black families. He finds that the basically illiterate, neglected children there know so little of the world outside their island.

Norma Rae

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Director:Martin Ritt
Written by:Irving Ravetch (Screenplay), Harriet Frank Jr. (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Norma Rae is a southern textile worker employed in a factory with intolerable working conditions. This concern about the situation gives her the gumption to be the key associate to a visiting labor union organizer. Together, they undertake the difficult, and possibly dangerous, struggle to unionize her factory.